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On partial traces and compactification of *-autonomous Mix-categories

We study the question when a $*$-autonomous Mix-category has a representation as a $*$-autonomous Mix-subcategory of a compact one. We define certain partial trace-like  operation on morphisms of a Mix-category, which we call a mixed trace, and show that any structure preserving embedding of a Mix-category into a compact one induces a mixed trace on the former. We also show that, conversely, if a Mix-category ${\bf K}$ has a mixed trace, then we can construct a compact category and structure preserving embedding of ${\bf K}$ into it, which induces the same mixed trace.   Finally, we find a specific condition expressed in terms of interaction of Mix- and coevaluation maps on a Mix-category ${\bf K}$, which is necessary and sufficient for a structure preserving embedding of ${\bf K}$ into a compact one to exist. When this condition is satisfied, we construct a ``free'' or ``minimal'' mixed trace on ${\bf K}$ directly from the Mix-category structure, which gives us also a ``free'' compactification of ${\bf K}$.   K.